Leaders in interactive entertainment and media discuss urgent need to encourage youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects.
Women in Games International will present a panel at the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco focusing on the need to encourage more youth participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects. The panel brings together leaders from video games, government, and media organizations to raise awareness of the urgent need for a new generation to enter these fields to ensure a competitive economy in the United States.
“Our panelists have had experience creating everything from video games with strong female protagonists to major films about women’s depiction in the media,” said Belinda Van Sickle, CEO of Women in Games International. “There’s growing knowledge that media stereotypes have a strong influence on the opportunities young people envision for themselves. The game industry needs to be on the cutting edge of awareness, change and media innovation—in art, technology and social issues.”
The demand for scientists and engineers in the United States is expected to increase at four times the rate of all other occupations. With less than 25 percent of women entering these fields, recent government labor statistics show a shortfall of qualified applicants, which can lead to a less competitive economy in the United States. The panel will speak to the changes in global media to address the rising demand for scientists and engineers in the United States workforce.
Confirmed panelists include:
American McGee, CEO at Spicy Horse Games
Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Director, Writer, Producer, Actress, Activist
Patrick Riley, Game Development and Internationalization Director, SEGA
Belinda Van Sickle, President/CEO, Women in Games International
Tracy Williams, Head of Marketing & PR Americas, CD Projekt RED
Veronica Zelle, Founder/CCO, Sweetyhigh.com
Women in Games International (WIGI), made up of both female and male professionals, works to promote the inclusion and advancement of women in the global games industry.
WIGI promotes diversity in video game development, publishing, media, education and workplaces, based on a fundamental belief that increased equality and camaraderie among genders can make global impacts for superior products, more consumer enjoyment and a stronger gaming industry.
Women In Games International stands as strong advocates for issues crucial to the success of women and men in the games industry, including a better work/life balance, healthy working conditions, increased opportunities for success and resources for career support.